The School social worker contributes significantly to the development of a healthy, safe, and caring school environment
by advancing the understanding of the social, emotional, psychological, and academic needs of students.
School social workers initiate the development of community, district, and school resources to address unmet needs that affect academic achievement and alleviate barriers to learning.
Chronic absence is defined in North Carolina as missing 10 percent of school days within one academic year for any reason (excused or unexcused).
Consistent school attendance in the early grades boosts children’s academic learning, achievement, and motivation, while early chronic absence is associated with lower academic achievement, truancy in middle school, school dropout, delinquency, and substance abuse.